My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋
Once, she was beautiful…
Abigail Vautille dreamed of escaping the Whitechapel rookery and starting a new life, until one tragic night left her scarred and penniless. To save her family from debtor’s prison, she strikes a deal with the rogue who owns her father’s gambling vowels–if he excuses the debt, for two weeks, she’ll give him her body, but not her heart.
Once he was charming…
Inspector Michael Strickland of the Metropolitan Police has always had a way with women. Success comes easily to him, and he glides through life on his good looks and family name. But Abigail lights a passion within him he never knew existed. He sees the beauty within her, not the beast she believes herself to be.
Together, their love is beyond a fairy tale.
After a dangerous figure from Abigail’s past resurfaces vowing vengeance, things take a sinister turn. But Michael will stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe. When the stakes are high and the scars are more than skin deep, passion might be the key to a happily ever after.
This in an addictive series! There weren’t as many twists, but it still kept me guessing. I loved that it had hints of the Disney movie as that is my all time favorite movie and this book did a great job. I got the creeps everytime Clowes was mentioned and kept hoping they would catch him and be done with him through the whole book. Michael’s library sounds amazing and every time they were in it I could picture the scenes and I was shocked by his father’s hidden collection. I yelled no out loud when everything seemed to be going great and then something would change. Just when I thought that we had seen the last of Clowes I was hit with the twist of where he really was. I wanted to dislike her father, but he really did love and care about his daughters enough to realize what his gambling had brought them too.
Abigail was hard to like at first but as the story went on I felt for her. She would do anything to take care of her sister including becoming a prostitute. She didn’t realize that she was grieving because of her hand and blamed her best friend instead of the person at fault to protect herself in a way. When she finally opened up she was a very lovable heroine that just needed to see herself like everyone else did.
Michael is a unique hero. I thought I knew him pretty well from the last book, but no. He isn’t just the rake that everyone sees’s him as he is actually a very intelligent man that keeps the real him hidden around most people. Once you hear about his family you can understand why he thinks the way he does about marriage. He doesn’t hold anything back when talking even if it’s his sister.
Michael’s sister sounded very interesting and the ending was great. I was shocked that the gentleman thief didn’t make an appearance, but there were more people to get to know this time including Michael’s servants and Bess.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*